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Dagestan is a republic under the Russian Federation and is located near the Caspian Sea. This northern Caucasus country offers a wide range of activities with its mixed ethnicity and around 3 million population. This country offers cool mountains, a beautiful landscape and a warm sea at the same time. You can benefit from the deals offered by Pegasus Airlines to travel to the fabulous and magical land of Dagestan.

Flights from İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Makhachkala Uytash Airport will bring you to Dagestan to visit this unique country. Dagestan is investing in different modes of transportation to extend the transportation network. Currently, there are only a few options to travel in Makhachkala as well as other cities in Dagestan.

Transportation to/from Dagestan Makhachkala Uytash Airport

Makhachkala Uytash Airport, located between Makhachkala and Kaspiysk, enables travellers to go to Makhachkala city centre and other nearby cities. The only public transport option to travel from Makhachkala Uytash Airport to the city centre is to take the bus that leaves from the exit of the arrival terminal. Other than the bus option, travellers can take a taxi from the exit of the arrival terminal of Makhachkala Airport, which is a relatively short drive. In addition to bus and taxi options, renting a car might be a good choice if you are planning to visit other cities in Dagestan.

Public Transport

Marshrutkas, which are a type of minibus, are the most common mode of transportation in Makhachkala as well as in Dagestan in general. Locals take these marshrutkas to travel around the city. There is no other public transportation option in Makhachkala. For this reason, travellers can use taxi services to reach the different districts in the city. Also, renting a car might be a convenient option if you plan to stay in Makhachkala for a long time. Just like Makhachkala, other cities in Dagestan have limited public transportation options. The best way to travel in these cities is to use the marshrutkas.

Is there a travel card for tourists?

There is no special travel card for tourists in Dagestan. Tourists can buy marshrutka tickets or pay cash to drivers to use public transport. In most cases, the drivers accept cash when you enter the vehicle. So, there is no need to search for a travel card in Dagestan since this might be a challenging task. However, it is better to travel by taxi or car since public transport might be dangerous for travellers and tourists.

Transportation Between Cities in Dagestan

Makhachkala is connected to other cities in Dagestan as well as in Russia and Azerbaijan via train. A daily train leaves for Moscow from Makhachkala central train station. If you would like to know more details about this train between Moscow and Makhachkala, you can click here.

There are also train lines that connect Dagestan to Kyiv, Saint Petersburg, and Baku. There are also bus lines that connect the different cities in Dagestan, such as Derbent, Kaspiysk, and Tarki. Most people prefer travelling to these cities in Dagestan by car because private cars are faster and easier than public transport.

Accommodation in Dagestan

When you visit Dagestan, you will have plenty of options when it comes to accommodation. The cities near the Caspian Sea feature summer hotels as well as SPA hotels. On the other hand, the cities in the inner regions of this country have mountain lodges to relax and enjoy nature. The country has different accommodation options: 5-star hotels, 4-star hotels, 3-star hotels, and guesthouses. Depending on the budget you have that might vary, you can select among the wide variety of options for accommodation.

Places to Visit in Dagestan

Dagestan is famous for its natural beauties as well as historical structures. When you are in this country, there are few places you can visit to have a fun time. Most of the historical places to see are in Makhachkala, there are few natural beauties you can visit in the rural area.

Some of these famous and attractive places are Dagestan Yusuf Bey Mosque and Masjid, Gorodskoy Beach, Glavryba, Sulakskiy Canyon, Chindirchero Ski Resort and Republic of Dagestan National Museum. All of these places are located in various districts and cities spread all across the country.

If you want to learn more about the main attractions in the country and learn where these places are located, check our comprehensive Dagestan Country Guide.

Car Rental in Dagestan

You can also rent a car with Pegasus privileges if you want to consider a more comfortable option for city transportation when you arrive in Dagestan for business or leisure.


Dagestan Makhachkala Airport

When you arrive at Dagestan Makhachkala Airport, you will have two options to travel to the city centre. Your options when it comes to reaching the city centre from the airport in Makhachkala is to use a taxi or take the bus as the public transport. If you want to travel to the other cities in the country, you can take a local bus from Makhachkala city centre to the other cities you wish to travel to. Also, there is a train scheduled between Makhachkala and Moscow.

Things to Know Before Visiting Dagestan

Dagestan is one of the countries to visit near the Caspian Sea. However, the visitors need to be careful about incidents such as theft.

Other than these problems, Dagestan is a relatively safe country to visit. The 5-star hotels in Makhachkala and other cities near the Caspian Sea are the safest places in the country. If you are planning to visit the rural areas, it might be a good idea to travel with a local guide to prevent any possible problems.


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